Published On: Mon, Apr 4th, 2016

So your work was rejected?

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But that’s not the end of the world as these authors prove

 

AN AMERICAN CLASSIC

 

Rejected authors whose books became bestsellers

Book: Gone with the Wind

Author: Margaret Mitchell

Rejections: 38

First published: 1936

Became top American fiction bestseller the year it was published & also won a Pulitzer; sold 30 mn copies

 

REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST

 

Rejected authors whose books became bestsellers

Book: The Diary of a Young Girl

Author: Anne Frank

Rejections: 15

First published: 1947

The book is included in several lists of the top books of the 20th century

 

BOYS WILL BE BOYS

 

Rejected authors whose books became bestsellers

Book: Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

Rejections: 20

First published: 1954

Became a bestseller & in 2005 was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English language novels from 1923 to 2005

 

FANTASY LEAGUE

 

Rejected authors whose books became bestsellers

Book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Author: JK Rowling

Rejections: 12

First published:1997

The book spawns a series where the last four novels consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history, on both sides of the Atlantic, with combined sales of 450 mn

 

BIRD’S EYE VIEW

 

Rejected authors whose books became bestsellers

Book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Author: Richard Bach

Rejections: 18

First published: 1972

It sold more than a million copies in 1972 & was made into a movie soon after in 1973

 

SPIRITUAL SUCCOUR

 

Rejected authors whose books became bestsellers

Book: Chicken Soup for the Soul

Authors: Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

Rejections: 140

First published: 1993

The 65-title series has sold more than 80 mn copies in 37 languages

 

CLASSIC HORROR

 

Rejected authors whose books became bestsellers

Book: Carrie

Author: Stephen King

Rejections: 30

First published: 1974

Stephen King’s first published novel Carrie went on to sell more than a million copies in its first year

 

Source: HowStuffWorks, Litrejections, Buzzfeed, Huffingtonpost

 

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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